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Although Denis Akiyama plays a fictionalized version of Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani, the real Iwatani also appears in the film as an arcade repairman. Iwatani did not portray himself because he doesn't speak English.
The movie's video game high scores are based on real scores. Sam Brenner's Pac-Man high score of 3,333,360 is the highest attainable Pac-Man score, first achieved by Billy Mitchell (a higher score is possible on the Namco Pac-Man Anniversary edition machines). Ludlow Lamonsoff's Centipede score of 16,389,548 is one point higher than the real-life marathon world record set by Jim Schneider. Eddie Plant's Donkey Kong score of 1,068,100 is 100 points higher than Hank Chien's former world record.
Matt Frewer portrays an alien version of Max Headroom, a role he made famous in numerous 1980s TV productions. It's the first appearance of Max since 2007 when he appeared in Channel 4 commercials promoting their switch to digital broadcasts. Max was always presented as a computer generated character, but was always portrayed by Frewer in makeup. Pixels marks the first time Max Headroom was an actual computer generated character.
According to Chris Columbus, Eddie Plant is based on several notable video game champions including Patrick Scott Patterson, Billy Mitchell, Nicole Richie and Hen House.
Lamonsoff is a recurring surname in Adam Sandler's films under the Happy Madison label. It's a tribute Sandler's college roommate, Eric Lamonsoff, who has made cameo appearances in Sandler films.
Chris Columbus said that President Cooper was modeled after New Jersey governor Chris Christie.
The movie poster shows Pac-Man attacking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, a city which is not mentioned in the film. All location filming was done in Toronto.
The female lead is named Violet Van Patten. This is a trademark of Adam Sandler where the first and/or last name of his character's girlfriend starts with "V." Happy Gilmore (1996): Virginia Venit, Billy Madison (1995): Veronica Vaughn, The Waterboy (1998): Vicki Vallencourt, Little Nicky (2000): Valerie Veran, and Big Daddy (1999): Vanessa.
The "Violent Video-Game" that Matty and Brenner are playing is The Last of Us (2013) by Naughty Dog. It is one of the most critically acclaimed games with various reviewers giving it a perfect score.
Members of Adam Sandler's family make cameo appearances in this film.
This is the ninth film or television series in which Kevin James and Adam Sandler have appeared together.
The Biddy Bandits (the little purple ninjas attacking the bus) and Lady Lisa are all from the new, retro-style video game Dojo Quest, created as a tie-in for the movie.
Shares its plot with a segment from a Futurama episode Futurama: Anthology of Interest II (2002) titled "Raiders of the Lost Arcade."
Jennifer Aniston turned down the female lead role.
In the beginning, the president lectures kids at Joseph Knibb Elementary School. In Billy Madison (1995), Billy attends Joseph Knibb High.
This film is based on a 2010 short film by French director Patrick Jean and distributed by One More Productions.
Composer Henry Jackman's second video-game related movie. The first was Wreck-It Ralph (2012).
Fiona Shaw appears in this film, along with the characters Max Headroom (Matt Frewer) and Mario (albeit mostly in the background). She also appeared with Mario in Super Mario Bros. (1993), which was directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel. Both of whom were also the co-creators and directors of Max Headroom (1985).
The song played on the Indian man's cell phone at his proposal is the Indian version of the Spandau Ballet song "True," which has been featured in the Adam Sandler vehicles The Wedding Singer (1998) and 50 First Dates (2004).
Peter Dinklage and Sean Bean previously starred in Game of Thrones (2011) together.
Adam Sandler uses the same voice from Happy Gilmore (1996) to say "Somebody's more important" in the tone of "Somebody's closer".
In The Wedding Ringer (2015) Josh Gad says Pac-Man was his favorite superhero. In this film, he has to fight Pac-Man.
Peter Dinklage and Brian Cox both played villains in X-Men franchise. Dinklage as Dr. Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and Cox as William Stryker in X2: X-Men United (2003).
Sony's Playstation 4 is referenced twice in this movie. Once at the start of the movie when Brenner has to set up some equipment and once near the end "PS4" is mentioned. This is not the first time Sony has done this in one of their pictures. PlayStation 4 features heavily in Chappie (2015).
Chris Columbus' first collaboration with Adam Sandler.
Andrew Bambridge, who plays a young Eddie Plant, is the pianist and accompanying singer of The Accomplices, an amateur band that has won Battle of the Bands twice.
Three different Barclay's Premier League football clubs are represented: Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea. All three are huge rivals.
Lady Lisa never talks or makes a sound. Probably because video game characters at her time couldn't talk.
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When Brenner (Adam Sandler), Matty (Matt Lintz), and Qbert are sitting together showing footage of the Playstation 4 game "The Last Of Us", it clearly shows that Matty is pretending to play PS4 because the controller light was off. A controller's light will be lit solid when the PS4 is on, although it can be dimmed after a firmware update in 2015.
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The headline of the Conspiracy newspaper article on the wall in Ludlow's basement says "We froze Walt Disney" Josh Gad voiced Olaf in Frozen (2013)
Peter Dinklage and Jane Krakowski previously worked together on 30 Rock: Señor Macho Solo (2009).
Brian Cox and Sean Bean appeared together as Greek Kings in Troy (2004).
Sean Bean and Fiona Shaw, respectively, starred together in Anna Karenina, 1990.
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Adam Sandler appeared in The Wedding Singer (1998) while co-star Josh Gad appeared in The Wedding Ringer (2015).
Also shown in IMAX 3D.
The song "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" is used in the trailer of "Assassin's Creed: Unity" (2014), which is also a videogame.
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Sadie Sandler: the girl with the lemonade stand is Adam Sandler's daughter.


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Dan Aykroyd co-founded and co-owns Crystal Head Vodka, which the two main characters drink in the pub after the Centipede battle in England.
Contrary to many of his other films, Sean Bean survives the entire movie.
In earlier trailers, Kevin James, on the mothership, says "Don't tell anybody I killed a Smurf." In later versions of the trailer, the line is changed from "killed" to "pixelated". In the actual movie, the original line remains, but it is said by Michelle Monaghan on the streets of Washington DC.
In the trailer, during the Donkey Kong game, Kevin James says,"It's just a barrel, how bad can it hurt?" and a barrel is thrown down at him. This line does not appear in the movie.

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